What foods are included in the portfolio diet?

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that a vegetarian diet emphasizing a “portfolio” of cholesterol-lowering foods did a better job of reducing low-density lipoprotein — the so-called “bad” cholesterol — than a low-saturated-fat vegetarian diet. All participants in the study followed a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (Locked) More »

Screening after age 75

If you're close to age 75, you may have followed the same schedule for mammograms, Pap smears, and other screening tests for decades. And if you're like many women, you may be surprised that your physician is suggesting fewer tests or longer intervals between them. The practice seems to fly in the face of conventional wisdom. After all, the risk for many degenerative diseases increases with age, so shouldn't older women be monitored even more closely? The answer is, "It depends on the woman." (Locked) More »

When keeping stuff gets out of hand

Compulsive hoarders accumulate unneeded items beyond reason. While hoarding is sometimes a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder, most hoarders do not exhibit the characteristics of OCD. Television shows such as Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive have increased public awareness and mental health professionals are also taking a fresh look at the problem. More »

Sleep apnea increases dementia risk in older women

More than half of adults ages 65 and over have sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. Chronic sleep apnea is associated with many health risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Older women with sleep apnea may be at higher risk of developing cognitive problems and dementia. (Locked) More »

Cholesterol-lowering foods outdo low-saturated-fat diet

People with high cholesterol are urged to eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. A study suggests that when it comes to reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, they may do even better if they also eat certain cholesterol-lowering foods. The findings were published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.   (Locked) More »